Studies in Philosophy and Education

, Volume 17, Issue 4, pp 271–282

The Anxiety of Strangers and the Fear of Enemies

  • Steven Segal

DOI: 10.1023/A:1005139030057

Cite this article as:
Segal, S. Studies in Philosophy and Education (1998) 17: 271. doi:10.1023/A:1005139030057


In this paper I use a distinction between the "anxiety of strangers" and the "fear of enemies" to show how uncertainty and tension experienced in the face of what is other and different need not lead to a nationalist insularity, but can be the occasion for an existential philosophical education - an education in which the resolute acceptance of strangeness allows us to reflect on our taken-for-granted about the everyday.

anxiety fear strangers enemies nationalism existential withdrawal 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Steven Segal
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of EducationUniversity of the WitwatersrandJohannesburgSouth Africa

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